Scant details on this thus far… but enough to get excited about.
Fox 2000 has acquired 23-year-old author Tomi Adeyemi’s debut YA (Young Adult) West African fantasy novel “Children of Blood and Bone,” which is the first in what will be a trilogy.
Adeyemi’s “Children of Blood and Bone” – which hasn’t been published yet – must have serious potential and impressed both Fox brass and Macmillan Publishing immensely, as the deal with Fox is said to be in the seven-figures; also reportedly whopping is the author’s publishing deal with Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever, says
Deadline Hollywood who broke the news.
Described as “‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ meets Black Lives Matter,” what we know of the story thus far is minimal: With magic, Zélie’s family could stand against the royal guard. Her people wouldn’t live in fear. Her mom wouldn’t have hanged from that tree. Years after the king wiped magic out of Orïsha, Zélie has one chance to bring it back. To do so, she’ll have to outwit/outrun the crown prince, who’s hell-bent on erasing magic for good. That’s all we’ve got thus far in terms of story.
No word on when the first book in the trilogy – “Children of Blood and Bone” – will hit book stores. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers will publish under Macmillan Publishers.
Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach with a degree from Harvard University; she’s also the recipient of a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil.
A big well-done to Ms. Adeyemi. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏